The Cockburn Basketball Association is excited to announce the signing of Andrew Cooper as the Cougar men’s State Basketball League head coach for the next three seasons.

Cooper arrives at the Cougar Family with a bright resume as the history-making West Australian Under 18 Men’s Gold-medal winning coach in 2018, and a long-serving Championship winning assistant at the Rockingham Flames.

Alongside an extensive understanding of the elite junior pathway and State Basketball League in WA, ‘Coops’ is also a video-coordinator at the Perth Wildcats.

Cooper is excited for a new challenge, with his coaching staff already taking shape.

“The Cougar Family have moved into an exciting space over the past 12 months on and off the court,” he said.

“There are a lot of changes that are building momentum I cannot wait to be a part of.”

2019 WA Basketball League Male Coach of the Year Mark Clayden will lead the group of assistants, while 2018 WA Metropolitan Gold-medal winning assistant coach Fleur McIntyre will also join the line-up alongside former championship winning captain Grant Davey.

Cockburn Basketball Association General Manager Tyrone Thwaites could not be happier with the outcome for the Cougar Family.

“Coops is the perfect fit. His professionalism, work-ethic and efficiency are undeniable, but it’s his excitement for this club that sets him apart,” he said.

“When a coach can walk in with clear command of their vision and message, while still being vulnerable, that’s hard to find.

“We’re very lucky with what we have in front of us.”

 With the major staff in place ahead of season 2020, planning the structure of next year’s roster is well underway.